From the middle of a warzone, an innocent man uses the internet to tell his story... A dramatic machimina movie using The Sims 2.
TITLE: An Unfair War
CREATOR: Thuyen Nguyen
GAME: The Sims 2
GAME DEVELOPER: Maxis
GAME PUBLISHER: Electronic Arts
GAME ENGINE/MACHINIMA TOOL: The Sims 2
RUNNING TIME: 5:00
DATE: June 2006
October 9, 2014 Subject:
No review, just a rating
Because Mr. Angry's review captured my feelings better than I could myself. Elegant simplicity is the great strength of this video.
July 29, 2006 Subject:
I guess I'm not on the same level as you or the idea you had/have with your creation. All I see is a basic video with little to no imagination nor any ambition to making it interesting. I can understand the anti-war thing since there really are no winners, but if you want to make an impact on people and have them "see the light" based on your works, then please be creative to keep the viewers attention. No offense, but my children of single digit ages have created far more impactive anti-war projects than this.....
July 9, 2006 Subject:
Powerful Message, But Cinematically Not So Great
This is a powerful and almost poetic piece of anti-war prose. It would work very well in almost any other genre that is not visual. Film is the one genre in which it doesn't work.
First rule of thumbmaking - tell your story in PICTURES, not WORDS. Watching a man sitting at the computer typing is about as interesting as watching paint dry. SHOW us what is going on around this man - what happened, what is happening, visions in his head - and, if desired, use the words as a "voice-over."
June 20, 2006 Subject:
A Companion Piece to "The French Democracy"
I echo the previous poster's sentiments. This is a quiet, sincere, anti-war film that has an impact that you just don't find in the mass of machinima being produced in Sims2. I'm reminded of Alex Chan's "The French Democracy" that came out last year. That machinima film was shot in The Movies PC game and spoke to what Alex thought was misrepresentation of the Paris riots by the media. This film would make a good companion piece. "Unfair War" is a better made film (possibly because the Sims2 tools are better). I'm impressed with this film. Perhaps machinima can become art when one combines the right content with the right form along with passion about the rights of others. It's interesting to me that both films are by people from outside the U.S. Perhaps we Americans are too busy trying to tape the last episode of CSI to care about war in a distant land.
This films has minor technical errors (spelling mistakes, PC screen doesn't match the activity, etc), but it's sincerity and artfulness more than make up for it. Highly recommended.
June 20, 2006 Subject:
Machinima with a point
Thuyen Nguyen has gone out on a limb with "An Unfair War". Machinima with no clever jokes, no flashy effects, no post-modern pop-cultural references. Instead, he has chosen a minimalist dramatic presentation on the futility and cruelty of war.
While not trying to be overly clever, Nguyen manages some poignant and moving moments. Simplicity is a strength rathere than a limitation in this machinima. Many people have questioned whether or not machinima can ever move beyond a quirky plaything. "An Unfair War" may well be a pointer to the depth that can be achieved.